HOW TO CHECK YOURSELF
It’s important to get into a habit of checking your breasts regularly, especially as almost half of all women in the UK admit they sometimes forget to do so, according to Breast Cancer Now. The Scottish-based charity share their top tips on checking for any unusual changes. But remember, no one knows your body better than you and everyone will have their own way of looking for changes – there’s no special technique and you don’t need any training!
important to check the whole breast area, from your upper chest, including your collarbone and the top of your abdomen, to the armpits. Many people forget about these other areas and changes can often go unnoticed. 2Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms at your hips. This will allow you to see your breasts straight on for any noticeable differences. 3Next, raise your arms and use the palm of your hand to feel around. You should be checking for any lumps as this can be the first symptom of breast cancer for women. 4Other things to look out for in your breasts can include: Changes to the shape or size of the breast, for example one might be larger or lower than the other. Change to skin texture, which might be puckering or dimpling of the skin on the breast. Any changes in colour to your breast, such as becoming red or inflamed. Nipple changes, such as one becoming inverted, unusual discharge, sore rashes or crusting around the area.
Once you’ve checked for any changes, start a journal where you can record the findings of your self-exams. This can be as simple as marking down notes about where and when you feel lumps or irregularities, especially when you’re beginning to check your breasts. This may help you remember, from month to month, what is “normal” for you. Breast Cancer Now also urge that it is not unusual for lumps to appear at certain times of the month but then disappear as your body changes. Most importantly, don’t panic if you do find anything unusual or different. A lot of changes in breasts turn out not to be cancer, according to the charity. However, it’s always worthwhile getting checked out by your doctor as soon as possible.